CMYK TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RAWAT SPARKS ROW WITH SIDHU REMARK UN CHIEF WARNS CHINA, US TO AVOID COLD WAR P10 WEATHER Generally cloudy sky with few spells of thundershower. Temperature will be in the range of 28-25 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 160.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 98% TEMPERATURE Max: 26.2 °C (-7) SUN RISES 05:25 hrs MOON RISES 17:29 hrs Full moon on 21 P5 THUMBNAILS Assistant professors protest demanding sustainability plan near Shastri Bhawan, in the Capital on Monday. SUBRATA DUTTA Govt will start budgetary drill from 12 Oct: The finance ministry will start the exercise to prepare the annual Budget for 2022-23 from 12 October, according to the Budget Circular (202223) of the Budget Division of the Department of Economic Affairs. This will be the fourth budget of the Modi 2.0 government and the Finance (P 8) Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER ndia is likely to resume vaccine export under 'Vaccine Maitri' in the fourth quarter starting from October, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya here on Monday. He said that vaccine export will resume to fulfill the commitment towards COVAX in line with the motto ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family). The decision to restart the vaccine export has come in view of the United States request, ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington starting Tuesday. Mandaviya said that the surplus supply of vaccines will be used to fulfill the commitment towards I WASHINGTON, 20 SEPTEMBER Russia Perm University shooting: All Indian students at a medical university in the Russian city of Perm are unhurt, the Indian embassy said on Monday after a student opened fire and killed at least eight people and wounded several. “Shocked at horrific attack at Perm State University in Russia; our deep condolences for loss of life and best wishes for early recovery of those injured,” the Indian embassy in Russia tweeted. (P 10) COMMITMENT Under Vaccine Maitri, vaccine export will resume to fulfill the commitment towards COVAX Mansukh Mandaviya said the surplus supply of vaccines will be used to fulfill the commitment towards the world for the collective fight against Covid. the world for the collective fight against Covid-19. COVAX is co-led by the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and theWorld Health Oganization (WHO). He added that it is due to the relentless efforts and guidance of PM Modi that India was simultaneously undertaking research and production of Covid vaccines in line with the global developments. India’s vaccination drive, he said, has been a role model for the world and it is marching ahead with great speed. More than 4 times we have crossed one crore mark since the drive commenced on 16 January, Mandaviya said. On vaccine production in coming months, the health minister said that more than 30 crore doses will be produced in October and more than 100 crore doses in the coming quarter. India had stopped vaccine exports in April following the onset of the second Covid wave. Recoveries surpass new cases: Amid the waxing and waning of the corona infection curve in India, 43,938 Covid-infected patients recovered as against 30,256 new cases Biden to participate in bilateral meeting with PM Modi on 24 Sept SNS & AGENCIES US to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated: The United States announced Monday it will lift Covid travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing. Jeffrey Zients, coronavirus response coordinator for President Joe Biden, told reporters the new "consistent approach" would take effect "early November." United States President Joe Biden will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 September, a White House release said on Monday. “The President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Republic of India,” the release read. The meeting will be held when PM Modi will be participating in person in the Quad summit in Washington DC on 24 September, which is being hosted by US President Joe Biden. The meeting will be held when Modi will be participating in person in the Quad summit in D.C, which is being hosted by president Joe Biden Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will also be attending the Summit to review the progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12 March this year and discuss issues of mutual interest. This will be the first in person Quad summit. It will also be PM Modi’s first for- eign visit in around six months. On 25 September, he will also be addressing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Quad summit would reportedly be focusing around critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, climate change, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, combating Covid-19 pandemic and addressing climate change issues. The leaders are also likely to discuss the ongoing Afghanistan crisis. New Punjab CM begins term on populist note RANJEET JAMWAL CHANDIGARH, 20 SEPTEMBER Raj Kundra, aide get bail in porn films case (62), the jails and cooperation minister in the outgoing cabinet of Captain Amarinder Singh and a Hindu leader OP Soni, who was medical education and research minister also took oath as the deputy Chief Ministers. Addressing his first Press conference as CM, Channi got emotional while speaking about his humble origins and thanked the Congress for giv- this will be taken when the Cabinet meeting this evening. The CM said he will reinin the sand mafia and corruption. He said government officers will be made accessible to the people and officers ~ at the Secretariat in Chandigarh and deputy commissioners in districts ~ will have to listen to the common people in their offices on set timings. Channi said the investigation in the sensitive Bargari sacrilege case, which took place during the previous Parkash Singh Badal government, will be carried on. “No vendetta will be there against anyone but no one guilty will be spared as well. Everything will be done as per the Constitution,” the CM said. ing great honour to a real “aam aadmi’ like him. "I come from a family who had a house made of mud and straws. I am a representative of a poor man, be it a poor farmer or a labourer. I myself pulled a rickshaw. My father had a tent house business and I used to supply chairs (on a rickshaw),” Channi said in a choked voice. Making his first big announcement as CM, Channi said the poor will get free power connections for water motors and all domestic power consumers will also be given relief by bringing down the power bills. The sewage charges for houses up to 150 or 200 square yards in urban areas will also be waived off, he said adding a decision on 3,34,78,419 3,18,181 30,256 43,938 4,45,133 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2021 reported in last 24 hours leading to a decline in active cases by nearly 14000. Bengal cases: West Bengal today registered 524 fresh Covid cases and 12 deaths with Kolkata recording 105 cases and 2 deaths in the past 24 hours. NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea by a Class 12 student from Delhi seeking directions to Centre and States to take a time-bound decision in connection with the physical re-opening of schools and conduct of offline teaching. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said it cannot direct states to reopen schools for physical teaching. “We just got out of the second wave (Covid). We don’t know where the spike is?”, the bench said. Justice Chandrachud emphasized that children need to go back to school but, it has to be decided by the states. The bench noted it does not have scientific data nor complete information on Covid spike in the country and added that governments are wary of exposing children to ASHOK TUTEJA NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER India today squarely blamed China for the continuing military stand-off at Eastern Ladakh and firmly told Beijing that the development of bilateral relationship can only be based on ‘three mutuals’~ mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests. “Chinese attempts over the last year to unilaterally alter the status quo in Ladakh have seriously disturbed peace and tranquility in the border areas. These acts are in violation of our bilateral agreements and have inevitably impacted other aspects of the bilateral relationship,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at the 6th FIRM MESSAGE TO CHINA Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India has made it clear to China that peace and tranquility in border areas was essential for development of bilateral ties Referring to the developments in Afghanistan in the wake of its takeover by the Taliban, he said India, as an immediate neighbour, was concerned about the recent changes there and their implications for India and the region. J P Morgan “India Investor Summit”. He said India has made it clear to the Chinese side that peace and tranquility in border areas was essential for development of bilateral ties. “Chinese attempts over the last year to unilaterally alter the status quo in Ladakh have seriously disturbed peace and tranquility in the border areas. These acts are in violation of our bilateral agreements and have inevitably impacted other aspects of the bilateral relationship,” he added. Shringla noted that an essential basis for the largely positive trajectory of IndiaChina relations during the last 40 years has been the agreement between the two countries to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas. He said the rise of China has geotechnical, geo-economic and geopolitical consequences. The unipolar door-to-door jabs for disabled STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and sought its reply on PIL seeking doorto-door vaccination of persons with disability. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice to the Union possible infection. “The court cannot take over governance and decide these issues. Let governments take decision”, added the bench, also comprising Justice B V Nagarathna. On submission that malls and restaurants have been opened, and also the mental and psychological fallout of the closure of schools on the students, the bench noted that children should not be involved in ‘Racist, offensive’: Jairam Ramesh, Tharoor slam UK’s Covid travel rules PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER Former Union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor on Monday slammed the UK’s Covid19-related travel rules under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated, with Ramesh saying it “smacks of racism”. Tharoor said that because of the restrictions he had even pulled out of a debate at The Cambridge Union debating society and from the launch events for the UK edition of his book, 'The Battle Of Belonging'. Passengers who aren't Sukanta Majumdar replaces Dilip Ghosh as West Bengal BJP chief recognised as being fully vaccinated with authorised vaccines and certificates under England’s international travel rules, including Indians, will still have to take a predeparture test, further PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8 of arrival, and selfisolate for 10 days upon entry, according to the rules. Tweeting on the restrictions, Congress leader Ramesh said, “Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism.”Tagging a thread on Twitter that explained the rules, Tharoor also slammed the restrictions on vaccinated Indians, saying, “Because of this I have pulled out of a debate at the @cambridgeunion & out of launch events for the UK edition of my book #TheBattleOfBelonging (published there as #TheStruggleForIndiasSoul).” “It is offensive to ask fully vaccinated Indians to quarantine. The Brits are reviewing!” Tharoor said. From 4 October, the current traffic light system of red, amber and green countries based on levels of Covid-19 risk will be scrapped in the UK and replaced with one red list only. of India while hearing a plea by Evara Foundation, seeking priority Covid-19 vaccination for the disabled, as they face a higher risk of being impacted by the virus. “The plea raises substantial questions about rights of the disabled. We issue notice to the Union of India,” the bench said. these matters and emphasized that these issues are fraught with grave complexity. “We don’t think, we should enter here by judicial mandates”, noted the bench, asking the advocate to withdraw the plea. The Supreme Court advised the student, who sought re-opening of schools across the country, to focus on studies instead of getting involved in seeking Constitutional remedies. ‘Pfizer vaccine works in kids aged 5 to 11’ WASHINGTON, 20 SEPTEMBER Pfizer said on Monday its Covid-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek US authorisation for this age group soon. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their wards. For elementary schoolaged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower dose~ a third of the amount that's in each shot AP given now. WETTEST SEPTEMBER STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER The BJP on Monday replaced its West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh with Sukanta Majumdar, Lok Sabha MP from Balurghat in the state. Ghosh, a Lok Sabha MP has , been made a national vice president of BJP and former Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya as its vice president. The move to bring in a new Bengal president is being seen as part of the BJP’s efforts to reinvigorate its organisation amid desertions by many of its leaders who have switched over to the ruling TMC. Kolkata recorded the highest rainfall of September in 14 years following incessant downpour in the metropolis and its neighbouring districts since the early hours of Monday, as several areas were submerged and transport services crippled. (In picture) A flooded New Town area after (P3) heavy downpour in Kolkata on Monday. SNS China responsible for Eastern Ladakh stand-off: India MUMBAI, 20 SEPTEMBER A magistrate court here on Monday granted bail to businessman Raj Kundra, an accused in a pornographic films case in which he was arrested two months ago. Kundra’s associate Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him in July, was also granted bail by the court. Kundra had claimed there was no evidence of him being "actively" involved in creation of alleged questionable porn content in a supplementary charge-sheet filed by the Mumbai police crime branch in the caseand that he was being made a “scapegoat” PTI in the case. P12 India to resume vax States to take final call on reopening of schools: SC export from October SC seeks Centre’s reply over STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Min: 24.6 °C (-1) SUN SETS 17:35 hrs MOON SETS 04:33 hrs September Taking charge as first Dalit chief minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday sought to begin his tenure on a populist note by announcing free water supply to smaller homes, a reduction in power tariff for domestic users, sewerage charges waiver and a transparent government for the “aam aadmi” (common man) in the state going for Assembly polls early 2022. Third-term legislator from Chamkaur Sahib, Channi was on Monday sworn as the CM, two days after Captain Amarinder Singh’s surprise exit from the post. A Jat Sikh, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, P9 Decision comes in view of the request from USA: Union health minister Min. 89% MESSI LOOKS ANGRY AT BEING REPLACED KHALEDA ZIA’S JAIL SUSPENSION EXTENDED moment that arose after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War has waned. Referring to the developments in Afghanistan in the wake of its takeover by the Taliban, he said, India, as an immediate neighbour, was concerned about the changes there and their implications for India and the region. “Our immediate focus in the last few weeks has been on the evacuation of Indian nationals from Afghanistan. Most Indian nationals have been able to leave Kabul in August. A number of Afghans, including minorities, who wanted to travel to India, have also been able to do so. However, this process could not be completed due CMYK to the security situation at the airport. Resumption of flights from Kabul airport is, therefore, a priority. We are closely monitoring the unfolding situation,” he added. On resolution 2593 adopted by the UN Security Council recently, the Indian diplomat noted that it had unequivocally demanded that Afghan territory should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing terrorist acts; and specifically referred to terrorist individuals proscribed by the UN Security Council, including the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad. India was also monitoring developments related to the humanitarian needs of Afghanistan. NEET-SS 2021: SC agrees to hear plea against ‘last-minute changes’ in exam pattern PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 20 SEPTEMBER The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea challenging the alleged “lastminute” changes made to the examination pattern for the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test - Super Specialization (NEET-SS) 2021 scheduled in November. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna issued notice and sought responses from the Centre, National Board of Examinations (NBE) and National Medical Commission (NMC) on the plea filed by 41 post-graduate doctors. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on 27 September. The petitioners, who are qualified postgraduate doctors from across the country, have said the dates for the examination was announced on 23 July but the changed pattern was made public on 31 August. Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioners, said the NEET-SS 2021 exams are scheduled on November 13-14 and it is fairly settled principle including in educational matter that once the calendar is announced, there is no question of then altering the scheme.k
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